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Submitted by Amin Riaz (United Kingdom), Apr 9, 2008 at 17:46

Look, I am an Indian Historian. Good, even if I am saying so myself. I found your post interesting. Although I do not know how much of history of India or other do you actually know?

What exactly do you mean when you say ...

"India has suffered so much at the hands of Islam; how in the world can you be so insensitive as to disregard history, and the motivation, ideology behind Islam?"

India has gained a lot from Islam. Mass conversion to Islam were not done by Islamic regieme. The Moghul kings never converted anyones. They were monacrhs like other monarchs in history. With good and bad.

People like ... Ali Hajviri, Baha Uddin Zakrai Multani, Moin Uddin Chisti Ajmeri, Baba Farid Uddin, Baqi Billah, Ahmad Sirhindi and Nizamuddin Aulia converted 1000s into Islam. What do you know aobut these people.

Just one case in the point. Thats Regarding Khwaja Moin Uddin Chisti Ajmeri. He historically converted literally over 100,000 hindus in his life. In one day he is know to have converted 10,000. He has a famous tomb in India at Ajmer. Well respected by Hindus and Sikhs too. Now it was people like him who were fore-front of spreading Islam in India. Find me a single act of violence this man commited or ever preached? Islam did well a lot better then Christianty in India, the British Empire ruled for over 300 years in India. The Hindu caste system was one of the most prolific idoelogy that India suffered against and it was no wonder Islam did so well.

Not just historically - although contributions are great even today.... Muslims are at the forefront of Indian life..... in Music, Sports Films, Arts, Business, Fashion, Politics, Cuisine, literature. They are so intrinsiclally so well involved. Such an example perhaps is not found anywhere else.

It has been the rise of of Hindu Extremism that has caused a lot of suffering for Muslims, especially in Gujarat and is threat to the Indian democracy.

So what exactly did you mean ... when you said Indians suffered so much?


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